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Hands on problem-solving, field studies, and research. Exploration and adventure included.

Geology/Earth Science is the investigation of modern and ancient Earth’s physical and chemical processes and their submicroscopic- to planetary-scale products and events. Earth scientists study the planet’s mountain ranges, continents, oceans, and landforms, and it’s internal structure and motion. We address such basic societal needs as the exploration and management of water and mineral resources, sustainable development of energy, and natural hazard prediction.

Our strong emphasis on field studies, outdoor experience, and hands-on problem solving results in graduates with solid field and laboratory skills that are used to solve Earth-related problems in industry, graduate school, government and the military. Students are involved in a small and vibrant learning community with professors that are both respected teachers and active researchers in New England, arctic Canada, Europe, the South Pacific, and the southwestern U.S. All students have the opportunity to travel to the desert southwest and across the northeast on program-sponsored trips. Each student conducts original research in collaboration with a faculty member, starting the student on the path to scientific investigation in the professional world. The job market in Earth Science is strong and the opportunity for travel, exploration, and adventure is high.

  • Program Details

    Located amid the Green Mountains of Vermont, Norwich is ideally situated for unhurried and unhampered studies of the Earth. The Geology program provides a broad background in the physical sciences with emphasis on geology and its pivotal role in understanding our environment.

    Our strong emphasis on field studies and outdoor experience results in students having experiential learning both in their courses and on department field trips, such as recent trips in southern Utah, west Texas, southern California, central Arizona and throughout New England and eastern Canada.

    Geology courses are presented by faculty who are both respected teachers and active researchers in New England, Europe and the western U.S. Courses include real projects and original research participation.

    Our graduates are successful and prepared to go on to graduate school or begin work in industry, consulting, or state and federal surveys.

  • Facilities

    The Earth Science program is equipped a with full sample prep lab featuring diamond saws, grinders, pulverizers, separators, and other gear. As well as an X-ray diffraction laboratory, a scanning electron microscope with electron dispersive and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy capabilities, and a range of geophysical exploration equipment. This includes a gravity meter, seismograph, magnetometer, electromagnetometer, and ground penetrating radar.

    Following fusion and dissolution, chemical analysis of rock, mineral, and soil samples is carried out in our ICAP spectrometer lab, which also provides an analytical capability for studies of ground and surface water. Equipment for the collection and analysis of sediment and soil is housed in the program with further analytical capabilities housed in associated programs on campus.

  • Faculty Spotlight

    Prof. Rick Dunn, PhD

    An expert at reconstructing ancient landscapes and environments, Dana Professor of Geology Rick Dunn, PhD, chairs the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Norwich University. His insights inform the work of archaeological projects throughout the Mediterranean and, more recently, Easter Island. Recent and ongoing projects include a Neolithic cave site in Europe and archaeological sites of the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, and ancient Greeks.

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  • View Catalog

    To view course offerings and a curriculum map for majoring or minoring in geology (a.k.a. earth science), see the Norwich University academic course catalog:

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The Chemistry program at Norwich is small but mighty. You will get the full attention of our faculty from day one, start using research-grade instrumentation in your first year, and have a chance to get involved in a research project by the time you are a junior.

Chemistry lies at the heart of solutions to many modern problems, from developing sustainable materials to discovering new medicines. When you know chemistry, you understand how other sciences—such as physics, biology, geology, and environmental science—work together to explain and transform the world around us. Chemistry helps society.

What is it about Chemistry that makes it worth studying? Chemistry explains things, like how do leaves change color? Why do bananas smell the way they do? Why is life carbon-based and not silicon-based? Chemistry makes things. From soap and toothpaste to aspirin and penicillin, from polystyrene cups and plastic bags to Kevlar body armor and LCD displays. Millions of things that make our life modern are made by chemistry. Chemistry connects things. You can't really understand other sciences on a deep level if you don't know the chemistry behind it. Chemistry is truly a central science.

Chemistry helps you to develop research, problem-solving and analytical skills. It requires teamwork and effective communication, which is great for project management. These skills are in demand by employers in many industries. A degree in chemistry can lead to careers in Petroleum Industry, Pharmaceuticals, Alternative energy, Biotech or prepare you for medical, dental or veterinary schools.

The Biochemistry program at Norwich is small but mighty. You will get the full attention of our exceptional faculty from day one, start using research-grade instrumentation in your first year, and have a chance to get involved in a research project by the time you are junior.

Biochemistry studies the molecules that make up life. Proteins and enzymes, RNA and DNA—it is a science that explains the mechanics of cellular machinery. These insights are applied via gene therapy, biologics, bioprosthetics, bioinformatics, and other avenues to improve lives.

Biochemistry majors at Norwich are perfectly positioned to launch careers in the biotech or health care industries or to prepare for medical school. Exploring how biology performs complex chemical reactions, biochemistry helps us understand life itself. It is a fast-growing, cutting-edge science with many practical applications today.

A Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry from Norwich will provide you with a solid background in chemistry, biology, physics, and math. You will learn to develop new ideas, problem-solve, conduct research, and analyze and evaluate data. Upon graduation, you can immediately launch your career in many industries, such as pharmaceuticals, biotech, healthcare, or other allied fields.

If you are thinking about medical or dental school, the Biochemistry program at Norwich covers all the recommended classes. And you will still have free electives left in the curriculum to explore your other interests.

AS A BIOLOGY MAJOR at Norwich University, you will acquire a first-class foundation for admission into graduate, medical, optometry, dentistry, or veterinary school, and numerous other related fields in the workforce.

Biology is the scientific discipline that investigates life in all its forms. Our curriculum and exceptional faculty will help you understand and explore the structure and function of living systems—from complex cellular components, to whole-organism dynamics, to ecosystem design.